Wakefield Trinity agree Eddie Battye signing as London Broncos bid a terse farewell

Wakefield Trinity have paid a fee to bring London Broncos prop Eddie Battye to Belle Vue on a three-year deal with head coach Chris Chester labelling him a “significant” signing for the West Yorkshire club.

By Dave Craven
Sunday, 24th January 2021, 8:17 pm
Back north: Former Sheffield and London forward Eddie Battye has signed a permanent deal at Wakefield Trinity.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Back north: Former Sheffield and London forward Eddie Battye has signed a permanent deal at Wakefield Trinity. Picture Bruce Rollinson

It is no surprise; Battye was one of Trinity’s leading players after initially joining from the Championship outfit on loan last September.

The former Sheffield Eagles forward, 29, made eight appearances for Wakefield and consistently clearly made his mark in a struggling team.

Battye had impressed for London in Super League in 2019 before their relegation and – being so tough, skilled and industrious – it was obvious he had all the credentials to flourish in the top-flight.

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After more than 100 games for the Broncos, Battye, who hails from Penistone in South Yorkshire, has returned to the Broad Acres and he said: “I’m just really pleased we’ve got it over the line.

“I’ve always wanted to play in Super League and to get the chance to do that at Wakefield is brilliant.

“I loved my time here last season and I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad once more.

“I’ve been at London for five years and it’s a great club. I wish them all the best in the future as I’ve loved every minute there.”

Got his man: Trinity coach Chris Chester. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com

Chester added: “I’m really pleased we’ve got Eddie Battye tied up for three years.

“To finally get Eddie’s signature on a piece of paper is great news for the club and great news for Eddie.

”He made a big impression throughout the 2020 season and I’m looking forward to working with him over the next three years.

“I think it’s a significant signing for the club and I couldn’t be happier to have Eddie at the club for the next three years.”

Chester had always hoped a deal could be struck to bring Battye – who started out at Sheffield amateur club Hillsborough Hawks – to the club on a permanent deal and his firm belief in the player’s quality is illustrated by the fact they have paid a transfer fee.

London – out of action since last March due to the pandemic –revealed the news last night via a short statement on their website.

It read: “The London Broncos would like to announce that Eddie Battye has left the club following a request from the player.

“Another club has paid an undisclosed fee for his services which the Broncos have accepted.

“We would like to thank Eddie for his efforts in a Broncos shirt. We will be making no further comment on this matter.”